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RNC Chairman Dismisses Third Party Candidate Gary Johnson

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today dismissed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s run for the White House calling it a “non-factor.”

“I think that people understand that they’re not going to throw their vote away,” Priebus said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Johnson, a businessman and former governor of New Mexico, is now on the ballot in 48 states but is hoping to make it on all 50 by election day.

Third party presidential candidates historically have been accused of siphoning votes away from the major party candidates.  In 1992 Ross Perot, a successful businessman, ran for president as an independent.  Many blamed Perot for diverting votes away from George H.W. Bush thus allowing Bill Clinton to win the White House.

Priebus said he doesn’t see the same thing happening in 2012.

“We don’t have a third party candidate anywhere near the name recognition or the popularity of Ross Perot or John Anderson,” Priebus said.

Anderson ran for president as an independent candidate in 1980 and lost.

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